Akita was fantastic and speaks excellent English. We spent a whole day getting a taste of what Tokyo has to offer (and are keen to return). He was able to incorporate the Pokémon cafe and Star Wars collectable shopping into the itinerary for us along with a wonderful ramen restaurant for lunch, which our teenager said was the best food he’s ever had. Very worthwhile experience and we highly recommend Akira to any travellers who would like to make to most of one day in Tokyo.
Akira was a perfect host. We only had one day in Tokyo. We saw so much more than we could have achieved ourselves. The Sky Garden was my highlight, and the delicious Tempura lunch. Having someone navigate the subway for us was great and then ensuring we got to the airport in time. Highly recommend Akira!
Thank you, Akira for a very fun and informative day in Tokyo. We all enjoyed it!
My family have been all over the world and met many tour guides but Akira was Far and above the Best Guide we've ever met, We had a very brief stay in Tokyo and without a good guide it would have been impossible to get around to see the sights, We focused on the Asakusa, Harajuku and Shibuya areas and got to see the Sensoji Temple and the Meiji Jinju shrine amongst many other sights and Akira explained to us the various customs at each which we of course engaged in and my Daughter was thrilled to participate in including picking Her own fortune and Writing Her wishes on a wooden plate, Akira is Very detail oriented and caring and made sure at various times is we were happy with everything which of course we were and took many family pictures of us Including running ahead on the Shibuya Crossing to take various pictures of us crossing and we got to have Coffee inside the Starbucks on Shubuya and Akira ran up to find seating while we ordered which is usually impossible to find But He found us seats somehow. He is very engaging and knows a Lot about Tokyo and it's History which I was very impressed with, He is also very entertaining and Humorous which my Daughter loved, We ate Lunch and Dinner together and at the end when we parted I felt genuinely sad like leaving a good friend behind, On the Taxi ride back to the Hotel we all talked about what a Great person Akira really is and My daughter kept asking me the next day can we go back to see Akira but unfortunately we were flying home that day but when we go back next time for a Longer stay We will definitely be looking for Akira again, Do yourself a favor and don't bother looking for any other guide just book with Akira...
Akira was a fantastic guide, he took us around the highlights of Tokyo, recommended great places to eat and squeezed in an extra visit to a garden that was on route when we mentioned that we were garden enthusiasts. His knowledge gave us a great introduction to Japan. Thank you so much Akira
We had the pleasure to meet Akira for day tours which turned out to be an excellent decision. Many guides promise to prepare an individual tour but mostly it doesn't turn out to be tailor made. Akira instead took our wishes to explore the city in a non touristic way serious and brought us to places which we would never have found by ourselves. My partner, a friend and I had many topics to share with Akira and he was never tired of explaining and sharing his thoughts. If you are looking for a reliable, high knowledgable and friendly guide - you get it all in one person.
Akira is very kind, considerate and sensitive to our needs. If there are instances that we need to decide on something, he made sure he opens different options for us. Definitely a superb guide!
All our expatstions where meet Akira made sure all our needs where meet he was prompt polite I would not hesitate to use his services again
We booked Akira for a tour for one of our 6 days in Tokyo. We figured we could navigate through the more well known areas ourselves so we asked Akira to show us some of the lesser known, “hidden gems” of the city. He did exactly that and took us to some beautiful temples, shrines, and gardens that were not packed with other tourists. For lunch, Akira took us to a local restaurant that had some simple but fantastic food that we will reminisce about for a while. Akira was also easy to communicate with in person and through email leading up to our tour. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with him and would definitely recommend him as a tour guide!
We loved having Akira show us around on our first day in Tokyo. He was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating. He took us to Shibuya, Harajuku, Meji Shrine, and Asakusa. He answered all our questions and made us feel very welcome. He was extremely kind and we learned so much about Tokyo and Shinto culture and rituals. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wonderful day seeing and learning about Tokyo.
Akira did a great job as a tour guide for us when we were in Tokyo. Very knowledgeable and even as we changed the locations and schedule on the day of the event he was very accommodating.
Our guide Akira took us on a memorable tour of the highlights of Japan. Using the Subway we were able to explore many wonderful places. Akira was very knowledgeable and told us many interesting facts about Tokyo and its history. He took us to a local restaurant for lunch. It was one of the highlights of our day. Akira speaks fluent English and he has a warm, happy personality which made him a pleasure to be with.
Akira was a great guide! He went out of his way to amend our tour throughout the day, he advised us on train systems & getting pasmo cards since we were exploring only Tokyo. He took us to one of the best Ramen eatery in shinjuku and helped us find my twin boys toys. My son (11yr old) thoroughly enjoyed the samurai museum, temples, chatting & information on history of Tokyo. Thank you very much Akira, you were wonderful :)
We stayed in Tokyo for an additional three days after our 15 days Asia cruise and booked two days of tours with Akira. The first day was 5 hours and second 7 hours of seeing the top sights. We had an enjoyable time and were able to see the sights, but believe with a little homework probably could have just as easily have done this on our own. Akira, was very prompt at meeting us at our hotel each day and in fact was early each day. Realize that most of the sights are quite a distant apart which required us to take the train everywhere for short visits then back not the train so anticipate spending a lot more money on train fares plus the guide. I think we had a bit of a miss-step on day 2 of our tour when we toured the inner market of the Tsukiji fish market. After viewing literally thousands upon thousands of pounds of tuna and other seafood I asked out guide a few questions about Japanese culture and over-fishing of the seas and he seemed to get a bit offended at this and quickly snapped back. The conversation seemed to get a bit confrontational and I just ended it. While the rest of the trip went well we did not seem to get much history or culture as we had hoped on our tour and came away with the conclusion that short of trying to navigate the subway system the sights can be just as easily visited on your own and you can get just as much out of the visits without a guide. The value of the guide was mostly the navigation part.
It was such a pleasure to be guided by Akira for 3 days in Tokyo. We are 4 senior citizens who wanted to experience as many of the wonderful sights as possible in our limited time. Akira expertly took us through the extensive subway system zipping around town always finding elevators and escalators to spare our vintage knees. We wanted to sample Japanese cuisine and Akira knew the best places for authentic and delicious delights. We learned so much about Japanese culture and history from Akira, he is truly a delightfully knowledgeable & conscientious tour guide. We would not hesitate to recommend him to friends & family visiting Tokyo.
One of the main reasons I selected AKIRA was that on his demo video is English was excellent and he seemed as a genuine and warm person. We were not disappointed. We booked him for 2 days and we were very glad that we did. He spoke English well, clearly and not too fast and he was the best English speaking guide we ever had in Japan after several trips. He was punctual, very knowledgeable and helpful in organising a detailed itinerary which suited perfectly our specific requirements. He was polite, considerate and a real gentleman. We can only recommend him very highly as he will be a great asset to make sure that your stay in Tokyo is productive and enjoyable.
Thank you so much to Akira for the lovely tour tailored perfectly to our family. Your rapport with the children at the temple and the great experiences at the rabbit cafe and Pokémon cafe where total highlights :). Thank you ever so much. I would recommend you to anyone!
We found Akira to be friendly and open to any requests we had. He answered all our questions and took the trouble to find the answer if he did not know it. We visited traditional areas of Tokyo, and he brought them to life for us. We had a great two days, and would heartily recommend him.
Akira is an excellent tour guide! We enjoyed his company, conversation and he is easily to understand and funny. He displayed good knowledge of Tokyo, although at time, he has his confusion as well with the complexity of Tokyo train and rail system. We enjoyed the places he took us especially the local ramen, with Afuri as our number 1 favourite. Akira, in a very short time, established a great rapport with my son, who at time was impatient and tired. Akira remains my son’s favorite tour guides out of many tour guides we have used from Triplelignt.
We had a wonderful two days with Akira. He was very knowledgeable, funny, and customized an itinerary based on what we wanted to see and do. His English was excellent. We had a lot in common, so spent time in between sights talking about literature and movies. I would highly recommend him as a guide!
Akira is a fantastic guide. He is punctual, detailed and knowledgeable. We enjoyed our time with Akira and highly recommend his service.
I’m not sure where to begin. Akira was simply amazing. We were a complicated group of 7 (two marathon runners, different arrival times, and different dietary restrictions). Akira was able to adjust our itineraries at a moments notice and made sure that we saw the highlights of Tokyo. He guided us through the city with ease and was extremely knowledgeable. He would even stop and get samples of local fare to make sure that we didn’t miss anything that Tokyo had to offer. We even went above and beyond to help us coordinate taxis for our move from the hotel to our AirBnB and our bullet train tickets to our next city. From the wonderful restaurants that he choose to the small extra details that he added on the fly, he made our trip to Tokyo truly memorable. I can’t recommend Akira enough as a guide. Thanks for a wonderful experience.
I gave one of the tours of Akira to my son as a birthday present, as he was to travel to Tokyo soon after his birthday. And my son told me that he really liked the tour and he was very enthusiastic about it. The tour was custom made by Akira for my son and they went to go see a lot of different things during the day. Akira explained a lot of things, for example about how to travel the metro, the difference between buddhism and shintoism, and about Japanese custums, My son also very much liked the lunch at the okonomiyaki restaurant, and visiting the tempel. I'm very glad I chose Akira for this tour, and would happily do it again in the future. Akira was also very attentive about communication, and was very polite. Absolutely a great tour guide!
I engaged Akira-san to guide me for 7 hours during a Monday on my very first trip to Japan. He far exceeded all expectations in giving give me a great overview of Tokyo highlights as well as navigate the Metro. I will absolutely engage Akira-san again when I next visit to get more in-depth tours os specific sights. Thank you Akira-san for the great conversation, company, insights and a gentle introduction to Japan.
Akira was an exceptional tour guid. We used him for two full days. We visited numerous points throughout Toyko. He was extremely flexible, especially when we had decided to make some last minute changes along the way. He also took us to some very unique, locals only places, that we likely would have never expericed had we done things on our own. Thanks to Akira we were able to make the best use of our time in Tokyo. Akira is a great ambassador to his nation and does a more than sufficant job of explaining everything in great deatail. You will not be disappointed if you use him as your guid.
We had a day you’re with Akira in Nov 17. Akira is a fantastic guide, fluent in English, very knowledgeable of Tokyo, Japanese customs and traditions, and Local history. He met us at our hotel on time and organised a great introduction to Tokyo tour for a full day. I would happily do another tour with Akira and would recommend him to others. We are a family with two teenage children from Australia and only speak English.
We had the best day in Tokyo with Akira! We only had two full days here, so I wanted to see as much as I could in a short time. I definitely recommend one of these tours if you are pressed for time, or even if you aren’t! On our tour, we took the train to Asakusa, Akihabara, Meiji Shrine, and Harajuku. We stopped at a rabbit cafe and a really good ramen restaurant in Akihabara. Akira was very flexible, patient and was willing to take us wherever we wanted to go. He answered all of our many questions about Japanese culture and pretty much anything else we could think of. We never felt awkward or uncomfortable, and the conversation flowed so nicely all day. Harajuku was the last stop, and he was so patient while my daughter was shopping. We talked and laughed the whole time, and It felt like we were with a friend rather than a guide. It was hard to say goodbye, and I can’t even say enough good things about him! When we come back to Tokyo, I want to look him up and hang out with him again! I highly recommend him, and this website for great, friendly guides.
Akira-san took good care of us over the 2 days. He took pains to tailor the tour to our preferences. He is very knowledgeable about Tokyo and took us to some good local eating places. We enjoyed our tour thoroughly and would recommend Akira-san without hesitation.
Liked our walk and subway ride through Tokyo’s famous places.
Amira immediately asked our interests and organized an appropriate itinerary to see major sites and less major neighborhoods. He was very attentive to how we liked what he showed us, to our location in crowds, to our need for a pause or food. His English is idiomatic (he spent 2 years studying acting in NYC). We got so much more out of our day than if we had set off on our own. We wish we had another day with him. Highly recommended.
My husband and I had quite diverse interests that were not on the usual tourist path but Akira was able to come up with a great itinerary that addressed our varied interests. He was flexible and fun and informative and we really can't say enough good things about him- we enjoyed the day that much! He was able to relate well to both of us and took us to places we would never have found on our own. I'm a licensed guide in my country so I know what makes a good tour (and that this makes me even harder to please!) and Akira was really exceptional.
We met with Akira on the first day of our stay in Tokyo. He is a very friendly and outgoing man, who speaks perfect English. He has a good sense of humor and it was a pleasure to get a basic introduction to Tokyo during out few hours together. I would definatively recommend Akira.
The group of us (four men) took a day tour with Akira-san, visiting the Tsukiji fish market, the Sensō-ji temple, and the Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu). Despite the rain that day, Akira-san was always in good spirits, and was very knowledgeable about each location. He even accommodated us with our unplanned whim for an extra stop that day to the Akihabara electronics/anime district. His English was simply excellent: never did we have to ask him to repeat something. We would recommend him without hesitation.
My husband and i had such a great day with Akira. He was kind enough to collect us from our hotel, chat through lunch options whilst walking to the train and teaching us the train and subway system as we went. Was a very fast paced day to see many sights which was great for us having such a short day in Tokyo. Would not have been able to see and learn so much by ourselves. Akira put us at ease and it was easy to follow him around for the day and have our questions answered. He was also kind enough to find us a local coffee house to have traditional iced coffee on a hot afternoon and give us further recommendations and tips on travel. Thanks so much to Akira, looking forward to returning next year and will be in touch with you again. Kate & Marko
Akira gave us a perfect introduction to Tokyo. We were quite overwhelmed when we arrived but he helped us to see the highlights and answered all our questions about Japanese culture. Would highly recommend Akira!
Communication with Akira prior to the tour was great. He was very professional, prompt and knowledgeable about the area, very patient and helpful with our large group.
My family of 4 (two 4 year old boys) went to the Imperial palace, Tokyo Tower, Tsukiji Fosh Market and Asakusa using the subway/jr Systems. We had sushi in the outer market, coffee (while the boys napped on our laps), street foods and some good history/culture too! Akira was great with our boys and us. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and appreciated his guidance. His patience and flexibility to do what we wanted was just what we were looking for! Highly reccomend! And his English was great!
We spent a wonderful day with Akira touring the sights in Tokyo. He is friendly, knowledgeable, and articulate. He customized the tour to meet our interests, and even helped us visit a small local restaurant for lunch that we never would have been able to visit on our own. He showed us how to navigate the Tokyo subway system so we felt comfortable venturing out on our own after the tour. We highly recommend Akira. He provides a fun, relaxed, and informative introduction to the city! Amy and Roberto, Rhode Island USA
My brother and I had the privilege of a private Tokyo city tour with Akira. This was a last minute trip and we did not have much time to prepare, but Akira was nothing short of amazing!! He planned everything perfectly and we were able to see all of the things we were interested in. Akira even went to the trouble of checking out all of the places we wanted to visit in advance. We simply could not have done any of it without Akira. He is incredibly knowledgeable and fun to be with. I have already recommended Akira to several of my friends in the US who plan to visit Tokyo. I'm only sorry that we didn't have more time! Thank you so much Akira for a great introduction to Tokyo! I'm sure we will be seeing you on our next trip to Japan!
Akira was a great guide for our family of first timers to Japan. We let him know what we were interested in and he tailored our tour perfectly. Akira was very easy to understand and also gave us some really good information and tips. We had a fabulous lunch at a local place that he took us to as well. He is a great person and we thoroughly recommend Akira!
We are first time visitors of Tokyo with family of 4. We had no clue how the transit system worked. Two days of private tour with Akira helped us tremendously and he was very thorough in explaining how to get around Tokyo. He was super accommodating and flexible during our private tour. We loved his itineraries as they covered an excellent variety of places that satisfied each of us. Akira was diligent, kind, and super fun to hang out with. His English speaking skill was one of the best we've encountered. We consider him the BEST Guide in Tokyo. Highly highly recommend Akira for all your tour needs.
Akira was an outstanding and fun tour guide for our trip to Tokyo! His English was very good and he was prompt in meeting us at our hotel. It was our first time to Tokyo and we weren't sure if we had needed a tour guide, but we are very glad we chose to do so. Akira was very accommodating to the places we wanted to visit and showed us how to navigate the train and subway system, which is very confusing if you don't know how to read Japanese. It definitely helped us with the rest of our trip when we were on our own. He came prepared with a portable white board and have us a crash course on the Japanese language which was very cool. I think we ended up saving a lot of time because of all the insight he provided us, compared to if we had done it on our own. It left us more time to explore Tokyo on our own efficiently and make the most use of our time. He also recommended a lot of great restaurants which we would have never been able to find on our own, even when we had bought several Tokyo books. We highly recommend Akira!
Our family which includes six kids (ages 7-16) had an amazing time with Akira. First, he is VERY responsive during the planning stages. Akira had wonderful recommendations yet was very accommodating to our ideas. Next, he planned ahead and purchased tickets for us in order to expedite our plans and ensured we had as much time as possible to tour not stand in line. Akira was so detailed oriented. He showed up at our apartment and already had memorized all the kid's names, had print-outs of maps, train schedules, etc. all in a folder for us. Akira even knew our dietary preferences and recommended the perfect restaurants. We proceeded to have a super efficient day. Akira was also so helpful to ensure that the rest of our plans in Tokyo were made and that we had all the right directions, etc. Lastly, I commend Akira on his honesty and integrity. Unknown to us, one of our tours actually cost less than we had pre-paid and at the end of the tour, Akira handed us the savings. He could have easily pocketed this money and we would have never known. We made a new friend in Akira and strongly recommend him.
I should start by saying Akira is professional at his craft. He communicates prior to arrival to confirm he arranges the perfect day for his guests. We are a family of 4 with two kids, 8 and 10 so our ideas for fun probably a little different than most. He was great at adjusting and playing along with our family. We booked him twice!
We booked tours with Akira for 2.5 days. He suggested an itinerary for all days and we were able to adjust it before the trip. We really enjoyed our time in Japan and Akira was a part of that! During the trip, we realized that it would take longer to visit certain places (because my parents are older and walk slowly), so he would adjust our itinerary on the fly and make sure we still saw the important sights. He was very patient and helpful - he would look for the escalators and elevators in the train stations to make the walk easier for my parents too! If you're looking for someone to show you around without worrying about how to get to and from places, just book with Akira!! The only tip for improvement I'd have is maybe Akira can explain things more - sometimes he'd only explain things when we'd ask questions :)
Akira was our guide over a 3day period.he had an excellent plan that ended up needing to be modified secondary to the weather.we stilll saw what we wanted to see and it was like having a friend showing us around his home town.we can and do enthusiastically recommend him
We are very much satisfied with the services rendered by Akira. Although our tour was not a usual one for visitors in Japan - visiting High End Supermarkets - Akira came straight away with a suggestion which was further amended based on our own information. What was more interesting was that Akira – once our schedule was confirmed – took the initiative to visit some of the Supermarkets we were intending to visit and took some photos for our reference. Moreover we are very much satisfied by Akira’s attitude and professionalism as a Tour Guide. We would strongly recommend Akira as a Tour Guide to future visitors to Japan.
Akira was an extremely friendly,pleasant and knowledgeable guide. He let us take our time and answered all our interminable questions and never seemed to rush us. So glad we chose him as our guide for today and the next two.
Akira-san made our first day in Tokyo our most memorable by first sending us a sincere letter to our hotel confirming our tour and then greeting us in a most personal and professional manner. His enthusiasm for incredible Tokyo helped us appreciate the complex layers of the capital. Akira custom tailored our tour to our individual interests and even modified our plan during our day to allow us an opportunity to experience a tea ceremony and a sweet shop. Akira really is the best guide I have had the opportunity to work with. You will very much enjoy Tokyo if you call Akira.